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Old 01-12-2010
swimpal swimpal is offline
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Does anybody have recommendation for good aquatic compass watch ...
not sure if it is a must but guessing it should help with navigation if you venture
in open water.... any thoughts
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Old 01-13-2010
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Does anybody have recommendation for good aquatic compass watch ...
not sure if it is a must but guessing it should help with navigation if you venture
in open water.... any thoughts
Why not a GPS system? Its very reliable.
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Old 01-13-2010
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An English pool instructor is hoping to become the first British woman to swim Cook Strait.

Emily Morris, 27, plans to fly to Wellington next month for the bid, which she rates as shorter but tougher than the English Channel -- because of its cold waters, unpredictable currents and sharks and jellyfish -- the Hounslow Chronicle reported.

Only 64 people have completed the swim, none of them British women.
"I know that I will never break any speed records -- as I have been told that I swim for style, not speed -- so I saw the chance of being the first British female to do this as a great way to go down in history," she told the newspaper.

Morris has spent two years training for Cook Strait since swimming the length of Lake Windermere and later crossing the English Channel.

Morris, who leaves for New Zealand on February 23, will use the Cook Strait swim to raise funds to buy a disabled chair hoist for London's Hampton Pool, where she works. It will cost Stg5000 ($NZ9700).
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Old 01-13-2010
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Why not a GPS system? Its very reliable.
Naj,

Do you use a GPS successfully while swimming? I know that GPS does not work in (under) water. I suppose you could stop and hold your watch above the surface to update position? I've read that some divers and subs sometimes tow a gps surface unit.
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Old 01-13-2010
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indysjl, a buddy of mine uses one when he does his weekly Alcatraz swim. I assume they are waterproof to an extent. No I don't use one myself I just sight and keep going. My advice is to go and take a look at the place you want to swim and set landmarks to sight on during the swim. Also have a pilot with you to steer you the right way.

Ken, I hope that British woman is successful. The paper was right, Philip Rush who coordinates the Strait's crossings said its tougher than the Channel, not so much because of the sharks and jellies but due to the weather and how unpredictable it is and he's done a triple crossing of the Channel and a double of the Cook Strait. I do need to correct one thing, there have been 74 people who've crossed it not 64. Hopefully I can be one of the ones before the century mark in 2012
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Old 01-14-2010
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The only way I think a GPS would be helpful for me was if I could set it ahead of time and put it in my cap and it would beep if I got off my course. Other than that it would take up too much time. I can see it might be good for your escort to have if you are swimming between land masses and can't see any landmarks for navigation.
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I know Emily! She was a guide on a Swimtrek tour that I did.
I don't know if a compass would be helpful or not - hopefully the person using it would be with other people, either in the water or in a pilot boat. Swimming alone for a long enough distance to lose sight of land would not be a great idea.
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Old 10-03-2010
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Does anybody have recommendation for good aquatic compass watch ...
not sure if it is a must but guessing it should help with navigation if you venture
in open water.... any thoughts
Please ponder this thought. In theory, modern technology now makes it possible to build a device to continuously indicate a swimmer's course direction via indicator lights inside of his / her goggles. Would the such a device, if available, find a market? ...

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